Boris Kovac and Ritual Nova - Anamnesis, Ecumenical Mysteries - CD
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Boris Kovac
Anamnesis, Ecumenical Mysteries (Victo)

The Ritual Nova Ensemble::
JAROSLAVA BENKA: soprano
MIHAL BUDINSKI: violon
NEBOJSA PANDUROVIC: cello
SRDJAN DALAGIJA: piano
LJUBOMIR ZIVKOVIC: percussion
BORIS KOVAC: various instruments and composition

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In 1982 the composer created the Ritual Nova Ensemble, an ever-changing, flexible group made up of musicians as well as visual artists, dancers and performers, acting as sole composer and director.

Anamnesis, Ecumenical Mysteries, dedicated to mystics N. Berdjiaev and G. I. Gurdjieff, was premiered by Ritual Nova, featuring musicians from Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, at Ljubljana’s Druga Godba festival in June 1993 which took place in the city’s Catholic church.

Anamnesishas a clearly chamber music set up, solemn atmospheres, minimalist innuendos, quasi-orchestral sonori-ties. Its evocative sonic landscapes, of a tormenting beauty, could be viewed as part of the ongoing spiritual renewal characteristic of many contemporary East-European composers such as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki.

Nevertheless, Kovac’s music language is far more impure and contaminated. It reveals the composer’s Serbian, Hungarian and Rumanian roots and discloses similarities with the darker side of Rock In Opposition (bands such as France’s Art Zoyd and Belgium’s Univers Zero, which, paradoxically, were the less «rock» of the groups involved), as well as with the Third Ear Band, combined with the manifest influence of Béla Bartók and Balkan folk music. As Boris Kovac stated : «Music is the last consolation between heaven and earth»; Anamnesisis indeed consolatory and its implications are extremely poignant: a hymn to acceptance, dialogue and understanding coming from a tortured and torn land.

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